We think of Spring cleaning the house. What about Spring cleaning your garden? Spring cleaning can reduce effort later on and help your yard start looking good even before all your flowers are blooming and trees are leafed out.
Here are 13 ideas for Garden Spring Cleaning:
- Prune fruit trees. Don’t know how? Check with your local county extension service for pruning demonstrations. After pruning spray with horticulture oil. Spray the entire tree – trunk and branches – ideally before blooming.
- Prune your roses after the first leaves appear. Cutting in the fall or too early in the Spring may stimulate growth which then dies back when there is colder weather possibly killing the entire plant. Roses may also be sprayed with horticultural oil.
- Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses that were not cut back in the fall. Ideally cut them back before they begin to grow in the spring. For most, cut back to 1”
- Pull out dead plants if you did not in the fall. Be careful, maybe it isn’t dead. If you know the plants are annuals in your climate (petunias, marigolds, tomatoes, as an example) then go ahead and rip them out. If they are not annuals keep in mind that plants do not show new life in the spring all at the same time. Rose of Sharon and other Hibiscus are two that are later at showing growth.
- Check mower blades, pruners, and other tools. Do blades need sharpening? Will power tools start? You don’t want to wait until you need them to see if they work properly.
- Remove leaves from your lawn. Any leaves left from fall and sitting on your lawn can contribute to lawn diseases. Put the leaves in your compost pile.
- Don’t have a compost pile? Start one now
- Weed control. Controlling weeds before they get large or preventing them from growing will reduce work later. See more about using pre emergent for prevention and controlling weeds (best when they are small)
- Plant trees, shrubs, perennials. Spring and fall are the best times to plant. Most annuals should not be planted yet. See some exceptions next.
- Plant cool season vegetables. Peas, lettuce, spinach, arugula, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, beets, cilantro. What if it freezes? These plants will make it through frost just fine.
- Check sprinkler system and/or hoses. It is better if they are repaired before you need to water.
- Plan what else you will be planting later on including what and when. Do you want to add edible plants to your landscape? How many and what type of tomatoes will you be growing? What herbs and flowers will you be adding this year.
- Inspect your yard. Is there anything you notice about your garden areas, trees, shrubs, perennials or lawn that doesn’t look right or could possibly be a concern? If so, find out what is needed or going on now so it can be taken care of as soon a possible.
Looking through this website can give your ideas to help with the above list. I am also available for one-on-one coaching sessions in person or by phone. Be sure to check my website calendar for upcoming gardening classes.